We are a grassroots group of citizens and community groups who share a vision of Sudbury as a green, healthy and engaged community. Over 1000 people have pledged their support for this vision. Members include more than 800 individual citizens, as well as a wide range of local community groups. Our shared goal is a sustainable, liveable, vibrant and just community in the City of Greater Sudbury.
We are citizens of Greater Sudbury, and volunteers who want to make a difference in our community.
We strive to:
- Be a strong voice for a healthy and sustainable community.
- Make a difference together for our neighbourhoods, for our city, for our environment.
- Help citizens share ideas and create positive change.
- Help you have your say – in our work – and at city hall.
The Coalition for a Liveable Sudbury was founded in 2006 around the principles of environmental sustainability and meaningful citizen engagement in municipal planning.
The Coalition for a Liveable Sudbury is a grassroots community group working towards environmental, social and economic sustainability, through a Smart Growth Model.
- Advocate for sustainable decisions, policies and practices in Greater Sudbury
- Research, educate and provide resources for best practices for a sustainable community
- Raise awareness and empower citizens to make a meaningful difference
- Be a network of like-minded citizens and community groups
- Act to create positive change and to protect natural and community value
The Coalition for a Liveable Sudbury believes that a Smart Growth model will benefit the environment, human health, quality of life, and enhance community engagement.
Greater Sudbury is green and healthy, with a high quality of life. Citizens are engaged and empowered. We are a just and caring community. The community works together. Municipal policies and decisions continually improve sustainability.
Our city demonstrates Smart Growth principles: the natural environment and our farmland are protected; residents are engaged; neighbourhoods are revitalized, communities are vibrant, complete, and walkable; active transportation is safe and convenient; there is a range of good quality affordable housing choices; green infrastructure, green building design, and green neighbourhood design are the norm.
Our current executive is:
Naomi Grant (co-chair): a founding member of CLS, passions include nature, citizen engagement, equity, and land use planning
- Lilly Noble (co-chair): a founding member of CLS, passions include water quality and healthy watersheds, and great transit for all
- Rachelle Niemela: passions include cycling, community gardens, and great communities for kids
The executive takes care of day to day responsibilities, are spokespeople for CLS, and ensures that the mission statement and direction from membership are honoured.
Our current guiding members are: Pam Banks, Michèle Bobyn, Tessa Hall, Gerry Labelle, Kristen Lavallee, Cindy O'Neil, Sharon Roy, Jennifer Trainor, and Nicole Yantzi. Guiding members come out regularly to meetings to guide our work throughout the year.
We have over 800 network members: people who support a vision of a green, healthy, and engaged community in Greater Sudbury, and keep updated on our work and green events and issues. Members get involved in the way that works for them, whether that is realizing projects, volunteering, attending events, providing input, donating, or simply keeping informed. In 2018, 56 members were actively involved in some way. Our members are very diverse and come from all areas of Greater Sudbury.
We have 34 active member organizations: local community groups that support our Mission Statement.
We are a grassroots organization guided by our members and our Mission Statement. We make decisions by consensus. We strive to undertake our work with integrity and respect for everyone that we interact with. Our meetings are open to all, and all of our meeting notes and other documents are publicly available. Our positions are determined by actively listening to citizens, our members, community groups and local experts, and are grounded in solid research of best practices. We work in collaboration with community partners in our advocacy, and in realizing community projects that make a positive difference.
Our work is funded by donations from our supporters and members.
We are located in Greater Sudbury, Ontario, Canada, on the territory of the Atikameksheng Anishnawbek First Nation.
For more information, see our CLS Guide.